How to upgrade the firmware 2.3.6 on a Samsung Galaxy S.

This video will show you how to upgrade the firmware 2.3.6 on a Samsung Galaxy S.

WARNING: Make sure you back up your Phone before proceeding!!!!
All the data on your phone will be deleted when you do this upgrade so please make sure you take the time to backup your data.
* Backup any photos and images that you have on the phone.
* Backup your contacts list, SMS and emails.
* Backup your music and video.
* Backup your APPS and phone settings
* Backup your bookmarks and stored pages.
* Backup all your data on your SD card.

Prepare your PC and Phone for the upgrade.
* Plug your Samsung phone into your Pc and make sure that the phone drivers install correctly. You should be able to browse to the phone in explorer.

Samsung Galaxy S in Windows Explorer

Step 1. Download the firmware and pit file from our download site here.
The firmware filename is sam_GTI9000_firmware.zip
Its quite a large file the size is 225.9 MB, so be prepared to take some time to download.
The file password is: 123myit.com

Step 2. Extract the downloaded sam_GTI9000_firmware.zip.
You should extract the following files.
* CODE_I9000XXJVU_CL851880_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5
* GT-I9000-CSC-MULTI-OXAJVU.tar.md5
* MODEM_I9000XXJVU_REV_00_CL1059471.tar.md5
* s1_odin_20100512.pit

Step 3. Download and extract the Odin3 v1.7.exe file from our downloads section here.

Step 4. Put your phone into “Download Mode” by holding down the Volume down button + the Home button + the Power button.

Step 5. Start the Odin3 v1.7.exe and connect your phone to the PC. The Odin application should say the message “Added!” If it doesn’t say added then you will have an issue with the drivers and your should reboot your PC with the phone still plugged in and repeat this step.

Step 6.Once Odin has started and you have your phone Added. Select the files that you extracted in step 2.
They should all be loaded in the following order.
* Select the “PDA Tab”, and select “CODE_I9000XXJVU_CL851880_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5”
* Select the “Phone Tab”, and select “MODEM_I9000XXJVU_REV_00_CL1092175.tar.md5”
* Select the “CSC Tab”, and select “GT-I9000-CSC-MULTI-OXAJVU.tar.md5”
* Select the “PIT Tab”, and select “s1_odin_20100512.pit”

Step 7.Make sure that you select the Re-Partition, Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkbox within Odin.
Step 8.Click the start button to kick off the flashing process.The phone will reboot when it finishes and Odin should give a green PASS message.
When the phone restarts you should be running the new Android, v2.3.6 XXJVU firmware.

93 thoughts on “How to upgrade the firmware 2.3.6 on a Samsung Galaxy S.

  1. i m very happy to read this.
    i want to say thanks in advance
    bcz i know its work on my samsung galaxy fit 2.3.6 to change in icream sandwich…..

  2. Thanks very much for all informations Sir i use this steps many time and it work well i always succeed to upgrade but i the last time when the odin extracting the files near to finish to phone the laptop get cut of electric and the phone stay black screen never work even i press the power bottom even i unplugg the battery so can someone help me and thanks so much

  3. Hi Dear,

    I have Samsung Pocket Galaxy model GT-S5300, Can I do the same instruction you mentioned it for upgrading from 2.3.6 to ICS 4.0.4 too ?
    Has it any risk to do that too?

    with many thanks in advance,
    Samir

  4. My Galaxy S is doesn’t work usb when i connect to my computer. Don’t show anythings and don’t ask anymore (e.g Samsung Kies, Mass Storage, etc) although all setting are normal. But, charging sign is shown. How can I solve this problem?

    • Hi Mr. Thu Yein
      Try powering off the device remove the battery and sim for 5 mins. Replace them and plug into charger and turn the device back on.
      Also you can try to boot the device through odin.
      Good luck,
      Matt

      • Odin is doesn’t show ‘Added’ when handset power is on. I think Odin is not detected my handset device on downloading mode and ready mode. Once time I am doing firmware updated with Kies, but working is not finished. It’s stopped on 20% coz our country connection is too bad. After that my handset is not detected on my computer and others computer still now. In that so, how should I do?

  5. sir
    i have a problem after flashing it to stock rom sir

    E:Can’t mount /sdcard, E:Unable to write ums lunfile (No such file or directory)

    WtF?

  6. i upgraded my phone to this version but it didnt contain arabic language the letters appeared disconnected frem each other and when i go to settings>input>language>no arabic !!!

    • Hi mary
      Thats a good point. You might have to look for the international version of the firmware or the Arabic version.
      The process should be the same however I have no way to tell.
      Good luck,
      Matt

  7. Thank bro!!!!
    i phone bricked….
    continuously finding solution for 12 hours on different site
    and then it works!!!!!!
    thanks again!!!!:-)

  8. Hello! So as I was following along with the video I noticed that when I try to put my phone into download mode, nothing shows up. Its all still black.. But I did anyways everything else, Odin said “Added!!” So I assumed It was already there. So I entered everything else in and pushed start. I have this. Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    File analysis..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Leave CS..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Leave CS..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Leave CS..
    Nothing will change now and there isn’t even a green loading bar. What do I do?

    • Hi Marlyse
      This video is for the Samsung galaxy S only. The process should be simular, however you would need to find the files that would suit your device.
      Cheers
      Matt

  9. Hi there …will this work on galaxy s gt i9000t (nz galaxy s) ? if so, is it better to do the gingerbread upgrade, rather than kitkat, being such an old phone? ..cheers

  10. hello there!
    I wanna ask some help on how to upgrade a samsung galaxy S Anycall (SHW-M110S). Does the instructions above also works on this device?Thank you in advance.

  11. hello there!
    I wanna ask some help on how to upgrade a samsung galaxy S Anycall (SHW-M110S). Does the instructions above also works on this device?Thank you in advance.

    P.S: I’ve tried to follow the instructions available in other sites, yet the firmware doesn’t work and I don’t know what exact version of firmware the fits to this model.Thanks!

  12. Hey frnd,
    I had follow ur instructions,all going right bt after completing ODIN process my phone’s screen goes black am not able to on.
    My phone not working,even not functioning.
    please help me out
    mah phone is I9003

  13. I am always getting this output
    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    CODE_I9000XXJVU_CL851880_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5 is valid.
    MODEM_I9000XXJVU_REV_00_CL1092175.tar.md5 is valid.
    GT-I9000-CSC-MULTI-OXAJVU.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    it never shows a green bar
    please help me……

  14. Hi.

    I downloaded all of the files that you stated as being required, with the exception of the Odin3 v1.7.exe file, which appears not to be available anywhere. I have downloaded several other versions of it, but none will add my phone to the Odin app, except the version that comes with the Firmware download ( Odin 3 v1.0 ).

    Following all of the steps that you outline (but using Odin 3 v1.0), the process appears to do as you say, but the final comment on the Odin process message box is:- All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1) and the phone stays in Download mode … does not reboot.

    I repeated the process several times, always with an identical result. The phone now only show the Black Screen of Death. I can get back to the Download screen to repeat the whole process over and over again, but the end result is always the same. I cant even locate a “Stock” copy of the Original Firmware, to attempt a reinstallation of that.

    Is there any way that you can help me with this please, as this phone was going to be a gift for someone, that doesn’t have a smartphone??…

    Thanking you in advance and anticipation..

    Regards….

    John

  15. Hi.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply, it is appreciated. A friend doesn’t have a smartphone and as I have this one, just sitting in its box doing nothing, I thought that I would give it to my friend. I was hoping to make more useable to modern apps, by upgrading it to a newer version of Android, such as you suggest here.

    John

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